Awards for heroic Cumbria Police officers
Last updated at 14:03, Tuesday, 01 October 2013
HEROIC officers in Cumbria nominated for national bravery award
A trio of police officers are in the running for a prestigious award after they climbed stairs through thick smoke to rescue a woman from her burning flat.
PC Arthur Carter, PC Becky Fox and PC Ross Mattinson were called to a house fire in Maryport in January 2011.
Upon arrival they found a female resident had smashed up her bedroom on the top floor and started a fire. The officers climbed the stairs to try and find her but were beaten back by the thick black smoke.
Undeterred, they then wrapped wet towels around their faces and started again up the stairwell. This time they managed to reach the second floor but the dense, toxic smoke prevented them from finding the resident. Still though, they attempted the rescue twice more before the fire service arrived and located the woman with the use of breathing equipment.
All three officers were commended for their bravery by the Chief Constable, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and the courts.
Cumbria Constabulary Chief Constable Bernard Lawson said: “The bravery shown by these three officers is highly commendable and they thoroughly deserve to be in the running for this award. This exemplified their dedication to their job in making sure that there thankfully was no loss of life in this incident.”
Lee Skelton, Chairman of Cumbria Police Federation said: “The National Police Bravery awards offer a chance to pause and reflect upon the incredible bravery of British Police Officers. Day in day out our Police officers report for duty prepared to put their own lives at risk to protect others.
"The actions of Ross, Becky and Arthur on this day typify this bravery, when called upon they did not hesitate to act.”
Richard Rhodes, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It makes me immensely proud to hear the details of officers’ bravery and this incident highlights the courage and dedication of the officers serving the people of Cumbria."
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “We consider it a real honour to be the sponsors of the Police Bravery Awards. Every single police officer who has been nominated for an award is a truly special individual.
"It is only right that we take time out to reflect on their heroism and dedication and recognise the incredibly difficult situations police officers face, in keeping the public safe.”
First published at 13:24, Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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